[pullquote quote=”I went from the floor to standing up, and I think the whole record reflects that.” credit=”Singer Tyson Ritter”]It’s been a long four years, but [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The All American Rejects[/lastfm] have officially returned to the music scene with Kids In The Street, their first album since 2008’s When The World Comes Down. The new record, which has been in the works since 2010, has served as a breath of fresh air for the band and has lead singer Tyson Ritter excited as ever, but he does warn fans – saying that the album is very different from past releases – and he’s right.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The All American Rejects[/lastfm] knew they had to spice things up on their new album Kids In The Street, especially being the follow up to When The World Comes Down; which was their the most experimental album to date – until now. There are a ton of new sounds and influences present on the record, most notably in songs like Affection that hold an eery, Beatle-esque vibe; especially melodically, but musically as well as the album as a whole feels much more sublime than anything the band has done in the past.
But that’s not to say it’s not without the upbeat tunes you’d expect from the band who broke into the mainstream with their smash hit Swing, Swing in 2002. Songs like Fast & Slow and Beekeepers Daughter are among the most upbeat numbers on the record, guaranteed to make you get up and dance as they really capture the essence and energy that has defined the band since their inception. The album as a whole also holds a very indie rock feel, even in the more subtle tracks; which is a key element to what makes the record great, because it makes it relevant to today.
Thematically, the bands new album deals heavily with situations in life that Ritter has experienced over the past three years. Ritter said he had no idea that he was going to experience so much life during the three years in which the band wrote Kids In The Street, which is evident in his lyrics as they show a progression and maturity that feels genuine and fresh. Ritter commented on the concept behind the album saying “It’s about a guy losing his way and finding it through reflection and self-realization.” Backed with a concept so close to home, for the first time in their career, the band went into the studio with the idea to create a record that told a story instead of just a collection of compositions, and Kids In The Street is just that.
The official tracklist for Kids In The Street is as follows:
- Somebody’s Gone
- Beekeepers Daughter
- Fast And Slow
- Heartbeat Slowing Down
- Walk Over Me
- Out The Door
- Kids In The Street
- Bleed Into Your Mind
- I For You